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Working Hard Hardly Working

Working Hard Hardly Working

I love that tag line, its something we all do, most days in the office can have you doing a lot of both the options. It is very possible to do a lot of very little in the course of a days work. Sometimes your manager may not even notice and if you are smart you have learnt how to get away with it by now. At the end of the day though how does this really make you a better employee or a better manager? Reasons for slacking at work can be many, but… Continue reading →

Friends @ work with caution

Friends @ work with caution

How easy is it to make friends at the work place? Some surveys even say that the work place is one place easy enough to find that special some one that you will spend the rest of your life with. A myth you may say, but this makes sense, we spend almost 60% of our weekdays (some even more) interacting with work colleagues. Its never easy making new friends if you have just joined a company, and some times you may think people are your friends because, well they’re nice to you. Now that, is… Continue reading →

The right weight for your job

The right weight for your job

Well, you are probably reading this post asking ‘what does weight have to do with my job?’ The reality is, that weight has everything to do with your job. Lets be very frank most times we really do not pay much attention to our health unless we fall ill and our doctor says so or our clothes become are too tight for comfort and soon can’t zip up anymore. I am one of those people who has been overweight for a part of my life, until i one day woke up and realised that i… Continue reading →

Crossroads in my career path

Crossroads in my career path

Going into business is sometimes a daunting project, even at the best of times. You are leaving all that’s familiar…and laid back – the monthly pay check, hours spent making decisions (whose overall effect seemed like somebody else’s business and not yours, in case of any losses), stopping in on friends for that Marketing pitch, lazy Fridays where some take off early from work under the guise of out-of-office business deals etc. Safe… that’s what employment was always about. A safety net…this new frontier called ‘CEO/Boss’ is now unfamiliar territory. There’s business lingo that comes… Continue reading →

The Hand of the Pink Slip

The Hand of the Pink Slip

To me it seemed the most traumatizing experience I would ever face. But I guess I was simply being rather dramatic as a woman. Most of my friends who I told I had been retrenched almost didn’t look moved. Yes they were apologetic, but not moved to the extent that I would have liked them to be. The earth was shattering in my world but all I got was “eeeisssh, you’ll get another job, relax” Retrenchment has happened to many Kenyans in the work place, but the worst kind is where you are given no… Continue reading →

Brand yourself!

Brand yourself!

It isn’t very many people who consider the importance of branding to their daily lives. Branding is not just for you to know what best product to pick from the supermarket shelves; it actually follows you wherever you go. Irrespective of what personality you make think you have, you have a brand. People make perceptions of you within a couple of minutes of meeting, they look at what you are wearing, the way you talk and above all the way you carry yourself. At your work place, with your friends, with your customers or simply… Continue reading →

How to Accelerate Your Team

How to Accelerate Your Team

It was a busy day in the office and truth be told I didn’t even have time to stop for lunch, yeah we all have one of these days, some of us maybe have more of such days than the average person! What ticked me off was that this colleague of mine seemed to be taking a rather laxed approach to everything, considering that everything that we were working on was urgent. My boss is one of those who believe everything is urgent or else we wouldn’t be doing it so you have to move… Continue reading →

It’s nothing personal, just business

It’s nothing personal, just business

So this morning, I got a stern reprimanding from one of my bosses, and I was not too sure what the exact problem was. Ok I lie; I knew what it was, it was that I had forgotten to relay some information to a key person involved in the project. But allow me to explain, there are two key people who work more or less in the same office and I simply forgot to cc one of them. Clearly this was a bigger deal than I had ever dreamed by the volume intensity of the… Continue reading →

5 tips for more effective time management at work

5 tips for more effective time management at work

I used to be fairly unprepared for meetings, I would stay late back at the office to meet deadlines very often always, I never used to have time for lunch, I was living on caffeine like a junky, I would constantly have work thoughts in my head when I slept and the blackberry drove me mad until I smashed it against my bedroom wall straight across from my bed with the rage and anger that I felt inside. But the truth was, I needed to plan my time better. Surely the reason for a lunch… Continue reading →

Office Goss Demystified

Office Goss Demystified

The other day I happened to walk passed the kitchenette in our office building, this being where all the tea girls normally congregate to give and get the best goss of the day, coupled with the update of previous goss a.k.a dishing the dirt. If there’s one thing women love to do is to chit chat and what they love even more is to chichat about other people, and then share this information along the grapevine. This time round however, I noticed a male voice amongst the usual commotion of a running tap and kettle… Continue reading →

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